I had a reservation for a show in Shinjuku, which will be the subject of a post next week, but I had some spare time before the show began and I went over to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to take advantage of its free observation deck.
It was really cloudy that day but I had previously visited this observation deck under better weather conditions so I wasn’t bummed about not having the best view. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is something I always recommend to people visiting Tokyo since you can see a lot of the city from the observation deck, and because it’s free. There are observation decks in both the north and south towers and both have pretty good views but I personally think the south tower is better positioned to see some of the famous parts of Tokyo, so if you have the choice I’d suggest going up the south tower.
As it got darker the city lights came on. In the distance I could see the thin line of light that was the Tokyo Skytree, while a ring of light to my side lit up one of the city’s stadiums. The orange spike of Tokyo Tower stood just a bit beyond the stadium and further to the right (not in view in the photo above) I could barely make out the lights of Odaiba Island. I would have stuck around the observation deck a while longer but my show would be starting soon so I took the elevator down the tower and headed out into the city.